There are a lot of things to learn: character arcs, structures, set ups, payoffs, foreshadowing, all that English major crap, but it’s all for naught if you’re not doing those two things.
This might seem like an oversimplification, this might seem incredibly obvious, but in my years as a reader, writer, and coach, I’ve noticed that the failure to do one or both of these things is at the root of all screenwriting failures.
We tend take both of these things for granted, and as a result, we do both haphazardly, carelessly.
I want to spend a little time talking about both things. If you have a question about either, ask me and I’ll try to formulate a good answer. My plan is to write a series of articles that will help writers delve into these two fundamental pillars of the craft.